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by CopperFiend
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: (Discussion) Stills and still building information
Topic: Newbie first boiler build
Replies: 25
Views: 460

Re: Newbie first boiler build

Congratulations! Looks very slick 🙂 what are you putting above it?
by CopperFiend
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Advice regarding anodising
Replies: 20
Views: 395

Re: Advice regarding anodising

😕 sounds like you've had a pretty rough time trusting someone who clearly doesnt know what they're doing. Lessons learned for next time anyway. Theres no harm if the gaps in the weld are tiny, try soldering them closed. Loads if flux, nice even heat and gently dab solder into the areas that are poro...
by CopperFiend
Thu Jan 07, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Advice regarding anodising
Replies: 20
Views: 395

Re: Advice regarding anodising

Yeah, I dont think anodising is the word you are looking for but I agree with the above. Solder or professional welder. I have welded SS with some difficulty in the past but that's my lack of experience, not because it's not possible. I'm afraid that I doubt your friend's 'expertise' from what you'v...
by CopperFiend
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Just cant get this gin thing right
Replies: 70
Views: 1113

Re: Just cant get this gin thing right

The flavours you described as piney and woody is almost certainly juniper. I have over junipered a gin before and that's exactly the taste. I now add less than a quarter of what I used to add, unless you want a really juniper forward gin.
by CopperFiend
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Column packing options?
Replies: 27
Views: 956

Re: Column packing options?

So, after all that handbag waving and childishness, shall we get back to the original questions? I am interested in the fact that lava rock can absorb flavours. This does make sense due to the fact that they can actually absorb all the way through the material (being so porous). Can they then releas...
by CopperFiend
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Moonshiners, are they for real
Replies: 47
Views: 1737

Re: Moonshiners, are they for real

Yeah, none of that sounds feasible, in that timeframe. At that temperature and volume youd expect a fermentation time in weeks to months.
by CopperFiend
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Climax Gin
Replies: 8
Views: 290

Re: Climax Gin

I know Gin is very tasty but I think you're aiming a little high if you're trying to get to climax with it 😆

Joking aside, generally the major botanicals are Juniper, coriander seed and angelica root. Then whatever else you fancy if you're going in a certain taste direction.
by CopperFiend
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Spicing Rum
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Spicing Rum

Thanks guys!

I have to say, brute force always appeals to me but Chris' method does sound the safer option of the two! :D
by CopperFiend
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Centering Rings
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: Centering Rings

jake_jimmylegs wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:01 am
LWTCS wrote:
Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:21 am
Mostly interested in your OD vs ID ratio.
That's what she said...
Hahahahahahahahah
by CopperFiend
Sat Dec 12, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Spicing Rum
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: Spicing Rum

Thank you Chris.
I've been looking into making essences but again seems there are loads of conflicting information on the subject. How do you go about it?

C
by CopperFiend
Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Spicing Rum
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Spicing Rum

Dear Brethren, Please could someone point me in the right direction, I've been searching the forum for a while with no joy. I'm looking for info about when and how to spice rum. I have 18L of rum barrel aging now, it will likely need another year but I wanted to be ready/do whatever needs doing now ...
by CopperFiend
Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:42 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Condenser placement
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: Condenser placement

I'm not aware of any benefit or problems with either option. The longer option means more expensive wider bore pipe.
by CopperFiend
Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Is this flooding or normal? (video)
Replies: 49
Views: 1320

Re: Is this flooding or normal? (video)

Aside from what has already been said, that amount of dripping from the sight glass is an unacceptable loss. It needs tightening much further or cleaning so there isnt anything on the seals
by CopperFiend
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Alcometer reading low in parrot
Replies: 14
Views: 465

Re: Alcometer reading low in parrot

Filing a small notch in the inner ring where the alcometer sits can help with meniscus control
by CopperFiend
Mon Nov 23, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distilling with NGC, How much is ethanol left behind?!
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: Distilling with NGC, How much is ethanol left behind?!

Collecting to a temperature can be an inaccurate way to assess how much is left in the boiler. It's best to go by your senses. With making gin you dont want the tails any way so leaving some alcohol in the boiler is part of the process. If you continue running for feints, that's fine but they will l...
by CopperFiend
Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 37
Views: 1009

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

If you can do it properly with reflux and make a decent neutral with tight heart cuts, you should never need to filter 'to make it good enough'.
by CopperFiend
Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Pico distiller
Replies: 14
Views: 3462

Re: Pico distiller

Catcrap let’s be real, all it really takes is a few months of research to get your feet planted and tonnes of trial by errors but this hobby isn’t exclusive only to the learned. Tbh, I love pico stills, I think they’re perfect for making absinthe and even better for teaching foot stones about makin...
by CopperFiend
Sun Nov 15, 2020 1:29 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 37
Views: 1009

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

Yep, I think it's a bad habit newbies get from George. I havent heard of any commercial Distilleries using any clearing agents (though I may be wrong).
by CopperFiend
Sat Nov 14, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: SPP Packing
Replies: 294
Views: 42898

Re: SPP Packing

The mandrel is 5mm and the wire is 304 SS 0.31mm annealed wire. I've had some more success today actually. I think the feed angle was too steep, causing it to wind as a spring instead of almost perpendicular to the mandrel. Any tips greatly appreciated. Took 3 hours to make 700ml!
by CopperFiend
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:34 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 37
Views: 1009

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

I never clear my washes, they all go in the pot soon after fermentation finishes. Sometimes I leave them for a few days in a cool spot to sediment out a little. I find it makes little difference to the finished spirit. I prefer to add as little unnatural stuff to my washes as possible.
by CopperFiend
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: SPP Packing
Replies: 294
Views: 42898

Re: SPP Packing

Dear all, Sorry to tack this on and the end of this topic but I'm have a small issue with my SPP. I built a jig to make a small amount for my 2" column. It winds beautifully and makes nice shapes but then when it gets to the end of the Mandel it springs open loosely like this. 20201112_133112.jpg Is...
by CopperFiend
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 392

Re: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?

Waxing the seams (theoretically) would only have a small impact on evaporation of product. I havent ever done it as I make my barrels to be spirit-tight (obviously) and either ditch or remake those which are not. I'm sure a simple study could be done to find the impact this would have (though barrel...
by CopperFiend
Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 392

Re: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?

If this is not the case, explain how liquid is lost via evaporation. Changes in barometric pressure force spirit in and out of the wood, but also opens the space between staves. This is where most of the losses occur. That is why plugging them with wax is a bad idea. The only way it would be viable...
by CopperFiend
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:48 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cuts in second run-Column reflux still
Replies: 21
Views: 454

Re: Cuts in second run-Column reflux still

Should be minor head and tail cuts, but there is likely to still be a little of each. Best to wait until the final time you run it through the still to make your proper cuts.
by CopperFiend
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 392

Re: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?

Not sure how much you'll save though as a lot of the angel's share just wicks through the wood. That is not how barrels work. Wicking = wet. The outside of a barrel isn't wet unless there is a problem. Clearly the liquid wicks through the vessels in the wood, otherwise there would be no fluid loss....
by CopperFiend
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 392

Re: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?

What Geoff said sounds good. But I cant see any issues with waxing the seams, as long as no petroleum products contact the spirit, should be fine. Not sure how much you'll save though as a lot of the angel's share just wicks through the wood.
by CopperFiend
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Just did my 1st stripping run. Hmmm
Replies: 11
Views: 420

Re: Just did my 1st stripping run. Hmmm

Sounds much more positive! Well done. I wouldn't really call it 'neutral' unless it's over at least 92% though. Real neutral is 96%.
by CopperFiend
Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Woodenshell oak barrels
Replies: 1
Views: 159

Re: Woodenshell oak barrels

No experience with those guys but have just ordered a couple from polsinelli.it, got a few fermenters from them and were decent.
by CopperFiend
Thu Nov 05, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Ever Stripping Run (peated whisky)
Replies: 18
Views: 490

Re: First Ever Stripping Run (peated whisky)

Very odd, I ALWAYS take off foreshots in a stripping run. A strip run is just that, strip out alcohol and flavor. This, to my mind, is the best time to take them, lower ABV strip till your LW are at the abv you want, in my case, 1/3 of the boiler charge = ~27% and less waste of you miss the cut off...